Each June, the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico host Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, bringing the finest flamenco artists in the world to Albuquerque. For eight days, the city is filled with the pulse of flamenco, and is transformed into a cultural epicenter for the art form. This tradition celebrates flamenco, the ancient form of artistic expression of the Spanish-Gypsy culture. The lure of flamenco is its ability to explore the full range of human emotion with an intense, vibrant quality that leaves audiences and students alike, captivated.
The purpose of this project is to preserve and promote flamenco's artistry, history, and culture among both national and international communities. While the presentation aspect is primarily cultivated for those seeking an aesthetic experience, the educational piece aims to promote unique and culturally relevant learning experiences for artistic practitioners, theorists, and newcomers.
The educational aspect of the festival include a series of over 30 workshops and lectures that address multiple aspects of flamenco, such as the history and development of the art form, dance and rhythmic sound patterns. These classes are available and designed for students of all ages and backgrounds, creating a multi-generational, diverse atmosphere that promotes excellence, knowledge, and personal growth.
By producing Festival Flamenco for 31 years, New Mexico is regarded as the center for flamenco in the United States, attracting over 5,500 students and patrons to this one-of-a-kind event, unparalleled in the quality of its scope and programming. Festival Flamenco Alburquerque is the highest quality, most affordable option for flamenco aficionados and students to participate in as an exciting, visceral festival experience. A number of festivals celebrating the arts occur annually; it is the precision, vigilance, and cultural relevance in the vision of Festival Flamenco that causes it to stand out against others.
National Institute of Flamenco Directors
Eva Encinias - Marisol Encinias - Joaquín Encinias
With the majority of Festival Flamenco activities taking place at the University of New Mexico, alternative transportation is accessible and easy to navigate. Here are a few options:
ABQ Ride provides a large network of routes within Albuquerque, with approximately 10 connecting directly to the University of New Mexico, where Festival Flamenco is held. ABQ Ride is also connected with Google Maps, so finding routes and times via your mobile device is quick. We recommend the 3-day pass at $6 for unlimited rides.
Download Lyft or Uber on your smartphone for quick response and travel times from your unique location to where you need to go.
New Mexico RailRunner is a train that spans from Belen to Santa Fe, and connects to bus routes at downtown Albuquerque's Alvarado Transportation Center. When you ride the RailRunner, save your ticket for Free Rides on ABQ Ride's transit for that day.
Scoot-Over motor scooter shop offers scooter rentals and is conveniently located near the University of New Mexico.
Albuquerque Cab Company offers 24-hour service around Albuquerque.
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PARKING AT UNM
There are various parking lots and structures located around the University of New Mexico. Information about hourly rates and temporary permits are available here.
Here are a few suggestions of where to stay for our out-of-town festival guests!
If you are looking for sustenance, the Festival has an in-house food table offering healthy snacks and lunches at an affordable price. Find everything from Gatorade to coffee, veggie bags to tuna and egg salad sandwiches.
If you feel the need to broaden your palate, take your pick from any of the economical, varied, and delicious restaurants that line Central Ave near the University of New Mexico.
FRONTIER RESTAURANT 2400 Central Ave SE | Albuquerque, NM 87106
New Mexican food, salads, burgers and world famous cinnamon rolls.
WINNING 111 Harvard Dr. SE | Albuquerque, NM 87106
A coffee shop, located just south of Central Avenue, where you can get a house-made espresso drink or pick up a light and healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack.
EL PATIO 142 Harvard Dr. SE | Albuquerque, NM 87106
Authentic New Mexican cuisine like enchiladas, sopapillas, and chips and salsa located on Harvard, south of Central.
SALT AND BOARD Harvard Dr. SE #9 | Albuquerque, NM 87106
A great place to find delicious charcuterie boards, gourmet sandwiches, salads, craft beers, and wine.
SAHARA MIDDLE EASTERN EATERY 2622 Central Ave SE | Albuquerque, NM 87106
Just a couple blocks east of the University, Sahara is family owned, authentic middle-eastern cuisine served by the friendliest workers. Let them make your day with a flavorful chicken schwarma, falafel sandwich, and warm pita.
BRICK YARD PIZZA 2216 Central Ave. SE | Albuquerque, NM 87106
Brickyard is a great place to go for pizza, calzones, and green chile cheese breadsticks in a fun, college-life atmosphere.
ANNAPURNA 2201 Silver Ave. SE | Albuquerque, NM 87106
A vegetarian's or vegan's paradise, and a delightful surprise for the meat-eater trying something new. Located on Silver and Yale, one block south of central, at Annapurna you can try cardamom pancakes, garlic cilantro naan, and coconut "cream" pie!
Albuquerque is located at an altitude of 5,000 feet. At 4,000 feet, your body experiences a lower level of oxygen. As a result, your body works harder to maintain your oxygen levels. As your body is working harder, you may experience headache, listlessness, shortness of breath with mild to moderate activities, trouble sleeping, frequent urination, lack of appetite, nose bleeds.
Three or more liters of water per day, a high-carb diet, and iron rich foods can help your transition. A carb rich diet naturally replaces muscle glycogen levels and prevents protein from being burned as energy, allowing you to maintain energy. Another benefit is it also requires less oxygen for metabolism and your body works less to digest these foods. In preparation for your trip, you may want to supplement with iron, garlic, and chlorophyll.
Garlic in whole, roasted or tablet form; Bananas whole or in pancakes, yogurt or cereal; High complex carbs such as rice, pasta, potatoes, whole grain breads, oatmeal and bagels; Plenty of fluids such as caffeine free teas, fruit juice, and electrolyte-rich liquids; Iron-rich foods like red meats, leafy greens.
You'll find the air much drier in the mountains than at sea level. Bring these along to stay comfortable: saline nasal spray, extra-strength moisturizers, lip balm, and artificial tears.
Consider bringing high SPF sunscreen, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses.
You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.